LibriVox recording of The Eyes Have It & Tony and the Beetles, by Philip K. Dick
Read by Phil Chenevert
Aliens have invaded the earth! Horrible one celled creatures disguised as normal human beings ! Well, at least that is what it seems to the author. Yes, The Eyes Have It is a whimsical story, making gentle fun of certain writing styles, but only a topflight science-fictionist like Philip Dick , we thought, could have written this story, in just this way. Tony and the Beetles takes place far in the future when Earth's enormous colonial empire is well established but the question is, how long can it last? 10 year old Tony grows up fast when history catches up with the human race. A sobering look at human history .. and our probable future. Two very different stories but both entertaining. (Summary by the magazine editor and Phil Chenevert)
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September 20, 2016 Subject:
Two tales about perspective.
The first story was absolute comic genius. A writing lesson, courtesy of Phillip K Dick. Mind your metaphors, kiddies! Keep your eyes peeled! Um....well, maybe not....
The second is one which should be required reading in every classroom in America.
Excellent narration by Phil Chenevert.
March 16, 2013 Subject:
that the second story would be a good way to introduce the subject of racial prejudice but it also would be a good introduction to the long term effects of colonialism and war. What a sad, scary and utterly honest way of looking at ourselves.
October 30, 2012 Subject:
Funny and sad story
The first story is a study in misunderstanding and conspiracy theory, but in a funny way.
The second story is thought-provoking. What we see here is what happens when children are introduced to prejudice based on race. At first, they play and are friends, and then things change and the parents influence them to also change. Innocence is lost, and the eyes are no longer color-blind. Especially note how the viewpoint of the main character changes due to how his friends treat him.
I think this is a story that schools would do well to review with their students. It casts a light on social structure without inflaming the passions of people.
Excellent work by Phil in both reading and selection. Thanks!